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Mareeba healthcare project advances with aim to provide locals with increased access to services

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) has been working in collaboration with Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (CHHHS), GPs, health professionals, and the community to enhance primary healthcare services in Mareeba.

Close consultation has been undertaken with general practices (GPs) in the region to co-design a number of initiatives to improve community access to primary healthcare services, information, and support, as well as training and development for health professionals in the region.

Initiatives include:

  • nurse practitioner recruited at Amaroo Medical focusing on chronic disease, preventative health checks, and delivering services at Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs)
  • trainee nurse-practitioner funded to support nurse-led services
  • finalising after-hours medical services in the Mareeba region
  • health professionals employed to assist with the completion of updating My Health Records, chronic disease plans, and health assessments
  • improved admission and discharge processes between RACFs, GPs, and Mareeba Hospital
  • general practice staff training to develop skills to increase clinical capabilities in the Mareeba region
  • allied health services increased within Mareeba Shire
  • Workforce Development grants up to $5,000 for Mareeba and Hinterland areas.

NQPHN Mareeba Primary Healthcare Manager Elisa Capaldi said collaborating with CHHHS and local primary healthcare service providers has been vital in the development of these initiatives.

“By working together with CHHHS and service providers in the community we have been able to brainstorm ideas and co-design sustainable initiatives that will provide the right care, in the right place, at the right time,” Ms Capaldi said.

“We continue to collaborate with local service providers and CHHHS on this project as the initiatives are refined and then will be rolled out successively over the duration of the current financial year.

“Thank you to all local GPs, health professionals, and the Mareeba community who have been involved in developing the initiatives and models of care, to help residents live happier, healthier, longer lives.”